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Old 08-22-2011, 07:41 PM   #15
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Within a few months ago I was admonished by PM for something I said. The person did not take to kindly to it. So Seajay, your post is necessary. And yes, any verbal sparring I do with any other branch of the military service is all in fun.

Once a Marine, always a Marine
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Long after the uniform has
been laid aside, the last order
has been given, the final salute
returned, the last handshake
shared, and the occasional tear
brushed away by a determined
hand, Long after that, it still
runs in your veins. Lives on in
your mind. Dominated your will.
Long after that you feel the call.
The esprit that can only be shared
among brothers. Among individuals
bonded together by the truest of ideals
"Once a Marine always a Marine."


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Old 08-24-2011, 09:04 AM   #16
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Brothers of the ‘Phin’
By Larry Dunn (edited for use here)

I chanced upon a sailor once,
with an emblem on his chest.
It appeared to be two angry sharks,
on a trash can for a rest.

His white hat was wrinkled and dirty;
his neckerchief tied too tight
and he had only one eye open
as he staggered through the night.

He was young and scrawny and wiry;
with knuckles cracked and oozing.
I could tell from the way he looked and smelled,
he'd spent the night a-boozin'.

But as he pulled abreast, he squared his hat
and said "Sir, do you have a light?
I'm due back aboard by quarter to four
Or the COB will be settin' me right".

As I fumbled around for my lighter
he pulled some smokes from his sock
"and I'll be damned lucky to make it," he muttered
'Cause I'm steamin' against the clock."

Through the flame of my well-worn Zippo
I could see a smile on his face.
"But, you know -- it was darn well worth it.
That 'Bell's' is a helluva place."

He sucked the smoke deep down in his lungs
and blew smoke rings up towards the moon.
Then he rolled up his cuffs, pushed his hat to the back
and said "Maybe there'll be a cab soon."

In spite of the time he was losing
He was wanting to shoot the breeze.
So we sat on the curb, like two birds on a perch
as he talked of his life on the seas.

I asked about the thing on his chest
and he looked at me with a grin.
Then he squared his hat, snubbed out his smoke
and said "I'm a Brother of the 'Phin."

"I'm one of the boys who go under the sea
where the lights from above don't shine;
Where mermaids play and Neptune is king
and life and death intertwine."

"Life on a boat goes deep in your blood
and nothing on earth can compare
to the feeling inside as she commences a dive
going deep on a hope and a prayer."

"I've sailed some fearsome waters
down below the raging main
and I've heard that old boat creak and groan
like the wheels of a railroad train."

"It's the one place on earth where there ain't no slack
where you don't have more than you need;
where each man is prince of his own little space
and lives by the submarine creed."

"There ain't much I've done in this fickle life
that would cause other men to take note,
But I've walked in the steps of some mighty fine men
who helped keep this country afloat."

"They slipped silently through the layers
down below that raging main
while up above enemy men-o'-war
laid claim to the same domain."

"Brave sailors were they
in their sleek boats of steel
silently stalking their prey
and closing in for the kill."

"They died as they lived,
unafraid, proud and free
Putting all on the line
to secure liberty."

"Their bones now rest in glory
down in Neptune's hallowed ground.
But their souls stand tall at the right hand of God
awaiting the klaxon's sound."

"So, it's more than a 'thing' that I wear on my chest
It's a badge of the brave, proud and true.
It's a tribute to those who have gone here before,
riding boats that are still overdue"

"It's the "Dolphins" of a submariner
worn proudly by the few,
who've qualified at every watch
and touched every bolt and screw."

"They know the boat on which they sail
like they know their very soul
and through the fires of hell or the pearly gates
they're ready for each patrol."

"But when in port they take great sport
standing out from all the rest.
For deep inside they burn with pride
for the dolphins on their chest."

Then he stood erect, squared his hat
and pulled his neckerchief down to the 'V'.
He rolled down his cuffs, put his smokes in his sock
and squinted back towards the sea.

"I can hear them diesels calling
so I'd best be on my way.
We'll be punchin' holes in the ocean
when the sun peeks over the bay."

As I watched him turn and walk away,
I felt honored to know such men.
for they bring life to Duty, Honor and Country,
these "Brothers of the 'Phin."

Bob (Squidly Down Under) & Peg - 2013 Ford Focus pushing a 2011 Phoenix Cruiser 2552S
"In God we trust" to preserve our country and bring our Troops safely home.
Carry on, regardless..................
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:53 AM   #17
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Great post, I have never found the camaraderie that existed in the service in civilian life. I miss it the most.

Once you take that oath, regardless of branch of service you become a member of a fraternity that will last forever.

I have been fortunate to have had a number of successful accomplishments in my life. I am proudest of my years in the Navy. 26 years after my discharge I still wear my Surface Warfare Specialist ring.

A charity I support had a paver stone dedicated to me at the local cemetery at the veterans memorial section. Inscribed on it "Dennis Lee, US Navy, Proud American". I would rather be known for that than for any other accomplishment in my life.

I don't really like to pick on the Marines, just not fair, they can't help it. I like the Air Force as a young man I loved dating their daughters, but give me a Coasty and I can have some fun: trailer hitches on their boats so they can take them out of water during bad weather, 6' tall so they can walk to shore when their boat sinks, got a million of them.

Seriously though, any one who served their country to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans is welcome at my dinner table anytime. To that list I would add our brave Policemen and Firefighters as their oath puts them in harms way everyday.

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